Banded mongooses live in colonies of up to 40, but the normal size is 14–20 animals. All gestating females give birth on almost the same day. Their pups spend the first 25 days of their life underground, where they are cared for by a couple of adult “babysitters”, while the rest of the group members are out foraging. After 4 weeks, when the pups are allowed to join the adults, each pup is cared for by an adult “escort” who helps the pup to find food and protect it from enemies.
Habitat: Savannah, open forests and grasslands
Food: Insects like beetles, larvae, grasshoppers and myriapods. Occasionally also frogs, lizards and snakes, as well as the eggs of birds and reptiles.
Sexual maturity: 1 year
Gestation: 60–70 days
Number of broods a year: 1–4 (fewest in dry regions)
Number of offspring per litter: 2–6